As we addressed in an article on the site this week, you have no right to privacy from a workplace email address.Emails can be copied into your personnel file and potentially used in administrative action against you, as well as presented as evidence in a denial or revocation of a security clearance.For Ashley Madison users who used their work email addresses, emails from the site could be pulled and used as supporting evidence in a clearance denial based on Adjudicative Guideline D: Sexual Behavior.
Given the nature of what Ashley Madison does, it’s no surprise some federal employees and service members opted to register using their work accounts.
In comparison to personal email addresses, they’re less likely to be accessible or checked by an unknowing spouse.
For federal employees with an active federal security clearance or active duty service members, however, that attempt at discretion could spell serious problems.
Divorce attorneys in the nation’s capital are rejoicing – the D. metro was found to have the highest concentration of users.
Several high-profile tech bloggers have been culling the data released from the Ashley Madison hack and using it to publicly ‘out’ high profile government figures – several of whom have active federal security clearances.
The fact that they’re both using a site designed for marital indiscretions and using their government-issued email addresses to do so is impropriety, stupidity and a security fiasco, all in one package.
Historically, there has never been a ‘ban’ on using your work email address for limited personal purposes – many people use work email addresses – including and addresses – for personal uses such as setting up social media accounts, exchanging information with a spouse, or corresponding with a friend.
Over the past several months we’ve been lamenting the massive data breach on the Office of Personnel Management.
In the latest data breach, however, it seems federal employees and service members have no one to blame but themselves.